Wednesday 22 January 2020

James Blake wins Mercury Music Prize

James Blake arriving at the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize ceremony at the Roundhouse.
James Blake arriving at the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize ceremony at the Roundhouse.

James Blake won this year's Mercury Prize for music for his album Overgrown.

He accepted the £20,000 (€23,000) award at a ceremony at the Roundhouse in Camden Town, north London.

 

Speaking at the awards, he thanked his parents for teaching him to be "self-sufficient".

He beat 11 other acts including David Bowie and bookies favourite Laura Mvula.

Other nominees included previous winners Arctic Monkeys and singer-songwriter Jake Bugg.

The £20,000 prize is open to British and Irish acts and aims to reward the best album of the year.

 

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